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NARS Names Eyeshadow the New It Cosmetic

By  April 11, 2014

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It’s getting intense over at NARS thanks to the brand’s newest launch.

As nail polish falls out of favor for nude tips and toes, Francois Nars pushed his labs to create something new for the eyes. He wanted a crease-proof, long wearing shadow that could be used wet or dry. The result? Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, a 12-shade range of high-impact shadows featuring Prisma weightless technology. The shadow was embossed in the soft textured packaging to show off its dimensionality.

“Eyes are an important part of every beauty look,” he told Women’s Wear Daily. I always want to encourage women to play and have the freedom to try different looks, colors and finishes. This will allow them to do so with the wet and dry formula and a full range of 12 new shades.”

Nars himself brought in Daria Strokous to front its campaign in anticipation of its July release. We’re already dying to get an eye look like hers!

Bridal Beauty: Marchesa Spring 2015

By  April 11, 2014

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The Show: Marchesa Bridal

The Hair: Akemi Tamaribuchi styled multiple hair looks, depending on the gown each girl wore. But they all started with a generous amount of Kérastase’s Mousse Bouffant from root to tip on dry hair before blow drying and tousling the strands to create a rope-like texture. She then blasted the strands with the Powder Bluff for added gauzy texture. For the long looks, the front section were pulled away from the face and pinned to a braided anchor at the nape of the neck with the rest of the lengths drawn towards the back. The shorter styles featured a rosette crown braid that wrapped around the head, following their natural hair lines, or a standard three-strand braid with a string of embroidered petals weaved in.

The Makeup: Gucci Westman crafted a darkly ethereal bride by first creating fresh dewy skin, dappling a blend of Revlon’s Cream Blush in Charmed and Flushes as well as a variety of Skinlights Face Illuminator shades. A subtle smokey eye emerged from layering the ColorStay ShadowLinks in Charcoal, Greige, and Chocolate in the crease, diffusing it down to the lash line. For definition, she lined the bottom lash lined with the ColorStay Eyeliner in Black Brown. To brighten things up, she added the Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes to the inner corners of the eye with a few swipes of mascara for good measure. Westman topped the eye look with lip balm for a lived in look. For an added gothic touch, she created a stain with the Colorburst Lacquer Balms in a mix of Coy and Enticing, depending on the models’ skintones.

The Mani: Two easy coats of Revlon’s Nail Enamel in Sheer Petal.

Day in the Life: Shannon Gallogly, National Training Manager at Decleor USA

By  April 10, 2014

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Glam caught up with Decléor‘s National Training Manager, Shannon Gallogly, as she hit the road to train the freshest batch of skincare savants and treat a few to a little pampering. Here, she shares her schedule and her love for her puppy, Bella:

6:00AM Rise and shine! Woke up to Bella my 2 year-old beautiful Beagle licking my face for her daily walk…when I am home that is. This morning I happened to be. I threw on sneakers and clothes and took the long walk because Bella wants to. Coffee is on!
7:00AM Opened the computer and went through all my emails from last night and this morning. Snacked on banana and bagel with Nutella; I’m addicted! Then I prepped my bags for the three-day journey of the week.
8:00AM Took a quick shower and started my beauty routine that sets me up for the success of what the day will bring; my mom has always said, “Shannon, you might not feel your best however never let them see that put your best face forward.” I love hot rollers! Set my head and then moved onto the face! Decléor Aromessence serums they are a must and have been for the last 10 years for me. My go-to primer before all the other stuff! It has set me emotionally and physically into a good place with the amazing Aromatherapy benefits that come from the moment I open the bottle. I followed next with a new product to my line up! The Aroma White C+ Anti- Dark Circle Multi- Brightening Eye Care is essential when you are taking plans, trains, etc. I then headed to the Aroma White C + Intense Translucency Fluid, which gives me the radiance and illumination I need to start the day. Today I wanted a lighter fresher look so I choose the new Hydra Floral BB Cream 24-Hour Moisture Activator. I love BB creams; they give me everything! If I want to layer I just go to a powder over it poof flawless. Finally, brows, blush, eyes, lips let’s go!
9:15AM Made a few calls to my freelance team, reviewed the upcoming training schedule and agenda. Ordered the materials from the head office.
11:00AM Finished up in my home office! Grabbed my snack bag and water, travel mug, and headed to the car on a gorgeous sunny day! Sunroof was open today!
11:15-1:15PM Rhode Island to Cape Cod MA for a face and body demo for a potential client. Two hours in the car listening to my Sirius XM radio, can’t live without it.

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1:30PM Grabbed lunch quick form my bag and refueled up before I go in and work my magic!
1:45PM Met with the owner Vera of the Bellezza Day Spa and Salon in Falmouth, MA.
2:00PM Set up the products and bed to perform two of our services from our treatment menu- first the Silhouette Aroma- Body Wrap followed by our Aroma Expert- Soothing facial.
2:30PM My beautiful model Erin got onto the bed and was so excited to have a treatment to ease her body and mind back into working out and going to the gym.
3:30PM One treatment down, one more to go. Erin commented on how amazing her body feels, “Smooth, refreshed and my pants even feel looser.”
3:45PM Now for the facial portion with our second model Jody, who has very red and dehydrated skin. I chose Aromessence Rose & Balm to create a layer of softness and protection, then the Aroma Expert Sooth mask.
5:30PM Treatment completed and clean up begun, I spoke with the owner about the offering and timeline.
5:45PM Packed up the car and headed to my next destination- Stamford, CT.
7:00PM Met my Monkey for dinner at Texas Roadhouse – Kissed and got back into the car.
9:00 PM Arrived at the hotel to check into my room.
9:15PM Checked e-mails and slipped into my comfy clothes — now to the most important my nighttime ritual of prepping my skin! Started with my Aroma White C+ Cleansing Oil- it melts the stresses of the day right down the skin leaving me supple and clean. Next I applied my Aroma White C+ Anti- Dark Circle Multi- Brightening Eye Care Wait for it the Balm is next – Aroma Night Neroli Essential Balm – I warmed it up in my hands and bath my skin in its protection and comfort. I loved that it has treatment and protection all wrapped into one.
10:00PM Texted my loves good night – [it’s always] laters, never goodbye. Off to slumber I go and onto the next chapter in my journey.

Lauren Conrad Finally Chooses a Color

By  April 10, 2014

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Though Lauren Conrad didn’t end up actually picking up on purple trend taking over Hollywood, the Allure cover girl finally added some color to her coif.

The enchanting entrepreneur posted a picture of pale pink tresses, though not of her full face, on Instagram with the caption, “A pink locks kind of day…” Conrad rocked the hair hue previously during a Hindu Holi celebration last year, as well as vibrant shades of blue and peach, usually in a rainbow of streaks during the summer months. She also shocked everyone with a photoshopped snap of herself rocking lavender locks. But unlike Nicole Richie, who eventually transformed her tresses to match her own photoshop job, Conrad’s was just an April Fool’s Day prank.

With her impending nuptials, we wonder how long she keep the shade, and if she she’d switch it out for something blue. What do you think?

Maria Sharapova Steps into Suncare with Supergoop

By  April 10, 2014

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Maria Sharapova in taking a page from Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow by investing in Supergoop.

The tennis star became co-owner of the suncare company that she’s not only a huge fan of, but believes has the potential for major growth. As part of her partnership, Sharapova is spreading the word on sunscreen’s definitive role in preventing skin cancer. She explained to Women’s Wear Daily: “One of the most important keys to this relationship and partnership is the [idea] that you don’t only need sunscreen when you are outdoors and it is 100 degrees outside, but on the days where you are just going to an office and you might only spend 10 minutes outdoors. You still should be wearing sun protection.”

She slathers on the brand’s Everyday Face & Body Moisturizer when she’s on the court, but sticks to the City Serum when she’s strutting around the city, regardless of the season. Many skincare savants have followed suit, resulting in a spike in sales during what is considered the off season for suncare.  “In the fourth quarter of 2013, I think [our sales] were four times [as big] as the same quarter in 2012,” Holly Thaggard, Supergoop’s chief executive officer and founder, said,” We have seen a lift in those months that are not typically in the high season for sunscreen.”

It marks the latest venture for the sports sensation, as she has previously partnered with Nike as well as launched her own candy company, Sugarpova, with intentions to transform it into a lifestyle brand. “As I get a little older, I see partnerships in a bit of a different way,” Sharapova said. “I look for partnerships where I see the potential for growth in the years to come. To be associated with something that I believe has huge potential in the future and enables you to have a big say, it is really easy for me to work with something like that.”

It’s time to snap up some more sunscreen, kittens!

Here’s Your Chance to Snag Smooth Strands in a Spritz

By  April 09, 2014

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I’ve espoused the virtues of Blow Pro’s You Only Smoother Spray, so I’ll keep this brief.

The spritz has become an integral part of my hair care routine thanks to its cationic complex that bonds with the hair to fill in gaps from damage and the PCS technology that nourishes and strengthen to ensure soft smooth tresses, regardless of texture. It also works great with styling tools up to 450° and is enriched with a pure protein blend, along with chamomile and white tea, to prevent static when the heat is on.

It also marks the last of the favorites I’ve shared with Poshly to share with all of you. As always, you can enter by simply taking the quiz. Or if you’ve just got to have it for yourself, you take more quizzes for more and further flesh out your beauty profile so the site can send you products you’ll adore.

If you nab a bottle, give it a spritz and let me know how you like it!

MAC Gets Playful for Spring

By  April 09, 2014

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Spring has officially sprung, and MAC is transporting makeup mavens to a cartoonish world filled with vibrant hues with a playful twist.

Playland took the candy colors associated with the season and put it to our lips in the form of lipsticks and lipglasses. There are pops of pinks, a crush of coral, a shimmering red, and even a yellow gloss and gold lippie you can layer on top of the other shades for added dimension or on its own for a glitzy twist on the au naturel.

The hues don’t stop there as the rosy tones continue in a fresh batch of Casual Color pots while the pigments tap into the elementary colors we first learned of on the color wheel. Even the Chromographic Pencils are stepping away from the standard neutrals with an orange, cyan, and black to layer above a classic black.

Talk about a carousel of color; we can’t wait to get matchy-matchy with our ensembles when the collection hit shelves April 17th!

Dove Proves Beauty Is Mind Over Matter

By  April 09, 2014

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We all have those moments where we wish our Fairy Godmother would appear to wave her magic wand to make us beautiful. But Dove put the idea to the test to find that beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder, but inside of all of us.

The brand’s newest short film, Dove: Patches, follows the lives of 5 women who participated in a social experiment helmed by a psychologist, Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke. Each received the RB-X Patch, designed to make women feel more beautiful, and kept a video diary to track how the patch worked throughout the two-week trial. By the end of the trial period, many had found their own ways to express their confidence in their beauty whether it was smiling at strangers or going dress shopping. But when the group reported back to Dr. Kearney-Cooke, they found that the patch contained nothing, and that the power was within them the whole time!

Dove found that 80% of women feel anxious about the way they look. While we do have our reservations about the clip itself, we understand that the brand sought a way to encourage women to embrace their own sense of beauty and use it as a source of confidence by joining the conversation with #BeautyIs. “When a woman feels beautiful, she radiates happiness and confidence, which inspires her life in a significant way,” said Dr. Kearney-Cooke. “These women, like so many others, struggle to recognize their own beauty and it severely affects their daily lives.”

When it comes to beauty, our personal philosophy is be fearless and have fun, regardless of what anyone thinks!

Haven’t seen the film? Check it out below:

Sephora Sets Up a Soiree at Coachella

By  April 09, 2014

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Sephora is stepping out from behind the beauty counter to party in the desert.

As the exclusive beauty sponsor of Coachella, the retailer will host the Sephora Collection Beauty Studio for both weekends where festival revelers can not only escape the heat, but recharge their phones and get primped to perfection with the retailer’s collection of beauty booty. Inside the tent, nine beauty stations armed with a legion of Sephora Pro and Sephora collection makeup artists will be on hand for beauty buffs and performers to play with pigments. Each visitor will receive a free hair tie, while VIB and VIB Rouge members can fast track their access to the tent and services if they’re in a rush. Plus, there will be a photobooth, sponsored by Beauty Board, to capture all of the fun and put it on display.

Even if you can’t make it out to Palm Springs, you can still get in on the fun by following #SephoraCoachella to see who stops by the tents!

B. Scott Beauty: Serge Normant Hair Essentials

By  April 09, 2014

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I have to bring to your attention renowned celebrity stylist Serge Normant’s haircare line! Normant has worked with some of the world’s most beautiful women, including Reese Witherspoon, Gisele Bundchen, Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford and countless others. Now, Serge has created his own line of transformative hair care and styling products that are sure to make your hair vibrantly healthy right at home. The collection features a wide range of products from shampoos, to conditioners, to sprays — some of my daily essentials being:

Meta Revive Dry Conditioner – Nourishing Argan Oil: This dry conditioner is formulated with Argan Oil, which is uniquely delivered through an aerosol spray making it incredibly lightweight. It keeps my hair from turning into a frizzy mess!

Meta Luxe Hair Spray UV protection – formulated with Natural Extracts of Echinacea, Chamomile and RosemaryWhen I do style my hair to perfection, I expect it to stay that way. That’s where the Meta Luxe Hair Spray comes into play. Just a few spritzes and my hair holds up all day with reapplication. The best part about it is that unlike other hair sprays, it doesn’t build-up or flake.

I highly encourage you love muffins to check out the entire line and figure out which products work best with your hair. You can find out more information and get your own essentials here

B.Scott, The Multimedia Maven and Every Girl’s Best Friend, serves as the premiere tastemaker of lovebscott.com, providing his ‘love muffins’ with the latest in celebrity news, entertainment, fashion and advice. He’s best known as one of the first internet celebrities to successfully transition into television and radio.